Do you know anything about patchwork? We love this technique and we are sure you will too. The reduced style of this type of craft has emerged and is a trend in decoration.
Find out today how to do patchwork step by step :
What is patchwork?
Patchwork is a technique in which pieces and cutouts of fabric with different patterns are joined together to form geometric figures and a unique composition.
The literal translation of the term patchwork is patchwork and the designs drawn can be geometric shapes, people, animals, landscapes and whatever your imagination dictates.
Generally, a patchwork piece is made up of three parts: the top, the fill and the liner, and the final work when these three layers are joined together in an overlapping manner to form a single component.
The top is the top of the work in which the flaps are sewn into each other to form the pictures. Filling is the material used to add volume to patchwork work, usually with acrylic blanket to fill in the work. The lining is the fabric that goes under the job and that makes for a nicer finish.
The three layers are connected by stitches called quilting in this technique. The quilt is nothing more than a continuous drawing of stitches made with the sewing machine. To make the work even more elegant, you can make the ceiling in the form of arabesques, hearts and various other shapes.
What you can create with this technique:
- Photo albums;
- The skirts;
- Cup wipes;
- Kitchen mats;
- Bedspreads for the bed;
- American game;
Materials needed to work with patchwork:
- Patchwork of fabrics with different patterns;
- Ruler or tape measure;
- Sewing machine;
- Needle and thread;
- Fabric for lining;
- Circular cutter;
- Cutting base.
Give preference to 100% cotton fabrics and we recommend washing them before doing handicrafts.
How to Make Patchwork: Step-by-Step to Work Your First Job
- If you’ve never used this technique before, the first thing you need to do is find models, look at finished parts, and create a research paper to determine which part you want to produce. If possible, go to craft fairs, touch the parts and feel the surfaces and appliqués so you have a clear idea of what you are going to work out;
- Then separate the materials needed for the workpiece. Try to start with something simpler, no-nonsense, and without much detail. Tea towels, comforters, and pillows are good choices because they don’t have many wrinkles;
- Select the fabrics you will be wearing, measure and cut out several squares of each pattern the same size. In order for the finish to look nice, you need to make good straight cuts and measure all the squares very well;
- Cut some larger squares and others smaller to put your mosaic together;
- Cut the filler the same size and shape as the fabric. Use thinner acrylic blanket if you want a less cozy patchwork;
- Put different patterns together to make drawing fun and sew the seams together. To make your job easier, start by sewing four of the fabric together;
- Behind each cloth flap, go a square of acrylic plaid so that you will always be sewing two layers with two more layers side by side, leaving a little scrap inside;
- Once your work is the size you want, it’s time to put the liner in the back. You can use any type of fabric, the important thing is that it covers the seams.
Sew the edge trim to finish the job and you already have your first patchwork on hand!
How to do quilting
Quilting is the sewing that combines the three layers of patchwork-forming designs and makes your creation even more elegant. The quilting leaves the piece firm and full of reliefs, which is not very comfortable for parts that are in direct contact with the body.
Avoid excessive quilting when making bedding and bath products, or when making baby or toddler items.
This is a finish that you need to train to get the hang of it, so start slowly when you feel more confident and are working with different patchwork shapes.
You need a special brake caliper for your sewing machine that leaves the movements free and allows you to sew in any direction without having to turn the job further. This shoe allows you to sew in a zigzag, wavy, and like manner like snakes and many others.
The straight stitching is made with another calçador, which helps make the work more precise without taking any risks.
Use special lines to achieve this finish. The embroidery lines are great options because they are very vibrant and bright colors. And to add weight to the work, invest in lines that contrast with the color of the fabric.
The first step is to fish the line. You hold the top line and lower the needle until you can pull up the bottom line by pulling it back. We do this so that you can draw the two lines and tie a knot that will hide it within the work.
Follow the stroke of the drawing you have chosen and train hard until you get the hang of it.
Golden tips for the perfect patchwork
Before you start sewing the flaps, it is a good idea to test the stitches used and the tension of the seam to make sure it stays exactly as you want it to. It is common to use small stitches so the pieces don’t come off easily.
Be careful with the printouts you choose for your work as some fabrics can release paint at the time of washing and compromise its creation. Raw cotton fabric can also loosen dark water in the laundry, attention!
For beginners in the world of sewing, a valuable tip is to baste the pieces before they form the final seam. This helps a lot when ironing the fabric in the machine as it will keep everything in place.
Quilting can be done by hand with just a little training and the use of markers to help shape the patterns to be sewn. By the way, American patchworks still use this manual technique a lot.
Patchwork is a manual work that uses many mathematical concepts. Use a chess board to visualize your work and correctly cut the flaps. Draw your design on the chessboard first, then make sure that the cuts are arranged on the fabrics.
Video tutorial on patchwork for beginners
50 patchwork ideas inspire your craftsmanship
Image 1 – Super colored ribbons in the bed linen.
Image 2 – Bag for snacks with patchwork.
Image 3 – Patchwork to make notebook covers.
Picture 4 – Beautiful bib with patchwork details.
Image 5 – Patchwork carpet.
Figure 6 – Rectangular American game with central patchwork area.
Figure 7 – Decorative pillows with patchwork.
Image 8 – Bag with patchwork.
Image 9 – You can also use the technique in women’s shoes.
Figure 10 – Draws super charming bag or packaging with patchwork.
Image 11 – For the children: Indian Cabaninha also worked with patchwork.
Image 12 – Stylized bathroom carpet.
Figure 13 – Bedside inspired by the patchwork.
Image 14 – Chicken towel with patchwork.
Image 15 – Case / object holder with fabric.
Image 16 – Charles Eames chair with patchwork.
Image 17 – Fabric quilt with patchwork.
Figure 18 – Decorated pull bags.
Image 19 – Comfortable pillows.
Picture 20 – American game with patchwork in oriental style.
Image 21 – Wallet made of feminine fabric with patchwork.
Picture 22 – Christmas decoration with patchwork.
Picture 23 – Inspiration patchwork for the wall
Image 24 – Yellow fin cloth with patchwork.
Image 25 – Drag the bag to put in the kitchen with patchwork.
Picture 26 – Comics with elephant patchwork.
Picture 27 – Decorated children’s bag.
Image 28 – Stylized headphones with patchwork.
Image 29 – Patchwork inspiration for wallpapers.
Image 30 – Fabric for party table with patchwork.
Image 31 – Small feminine bag with patchwork (incredible).
Figure 32 – Sofa fabric with patchwork.
Figure 33 – Decorate your table.
Image 34 – Mesh / sweater with patchwork.
Image 35 – Wooden tray with a patchwork base.
Picture 36 – Baby shoes with patchwork.
Picture 37 – Colorful bedspread / bedspread.
Figure 38 – Another model of the colored pillow.
Figure 39 – Patchwork pillows.
Image 40 – Hand protection for pot with patchwork.
Image 41 – To decorate your bag.
Figure 42 – Necklace with patchwork.
Picture 43 – For the decoration of afternoon tea.
Picture 44 – Wall picture / decorative frame made of patchwork fabric.
Image 45 – Fabric for chair seat with patchwork.
Image 46 – Delicate mobile phone pocket with patchwork.
Figure 47 – Patchwork custom pillow covers.
Image 48 – Table top with patchwork.
Image 49 – Travel / travel bag with patchwork.
Picture 50 – Inspiration patchwork for decorating a wall.
Did you like the tips today? If you want to work with patchwork, remember that you don’t have to buy everything we write on the parts list. Buy the basics and go to workout. As you develop, invest in more study materials.
Finally, consider patchwork as a form of leisure, relaxation, a way out of the routine and chaos of everyday life. To the next!